#SBJ4040: A party with purpose

Emily Letterman, Features Editor

It was a party with a cause last night as Springfield Business Journal celebrated the 2015 class of 40 Under 40.

With nearly 450 in attendance, the Ramada Plaza Hotel & Oasis Convention Center played host to the 17th annual awards ceremony, which honored individuals under the age of 40 for their personal accomplishments in civic and professional arenas. And true to form, the office phone rang nonstop yesterday as people clamored for last-minute tickets to the sold-out event. Continue reading ‘#SBJ4040: A party with purpose’

City of Branson addresses ‘budget motel’ crimes

Eric Olson, SBJ EditorSince my personal awareness of human trafficking and abuse in the Ozarks was raised in recent months, leading me to write a column, the conversation has continued in our communities.

Continue reading ‘City of Branson addresses ‘budget motel’ crimes’

Bass Pro sneak peek entertaining, but lacking

Wes Hamilton, Photographer

When we were invited to a sneak peek tour of Bass Pro Shops’ wildlife museum and aquarium, we didn’t know what to expect. Continue reading ‘Bass Pro sneak peek entertaining, but lacking’

Not Your Average News Week

Zach Smith, ReporterIt’s not very often in the course of a workweek that I talk to two NBA players and a billionaire CEO, but then this wasn’t exactly a typical week. Continue reading ‘Not Your Average News Week’

Allegiant delay underscores traveler vulnerability

Brian Brown, ReporterI recently conducted my first interview from Orlando, Fla.

It happened on March 2 after about seven hours of waiting in the Orlando-Sanford International Airport. My family and several members of my wife’s extended family had been on vacation visiting three Disney parks and Universal Studios. I woke up around 5:30 a.m. because we planned to arrive at the airport – some 50 miles away from our hotel – between 7 and 7:30 a.m. for an 9:15 a.m. flight home. Continue reading ‘Allegiant delay underscores traveler vulnerability’

Mueller and the ties that bind

Brian Brown, ReporterI’ve covered death before.

Being a business reporter means covering the news business professionals care most about, and sometimes that involves write-ups following the death of a leader. Continue reading ‘Mueller and the ties that bind’

What’s up with those letters on top of the Heer’s building?

Emily Letterman, Features Editor

Just about everything to do with the renovation of downtown Springfield’s iconic Heer’s building seems to light up social media.

When owner Dalmark Development Group LLC posted a sign saying “See you in 2015!” halfway up the eight-story building’s east wall, it was in my Twitter feed for days using just about every Instagram filter available.

Continue reading ‘What’s up with those letters on top of the Heer’s building?’


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